L.A. Confidential

1997, Drama/Crime, 2h 16m

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Taut pacing, brilliantly dense writing and Oscar-worthy acting combine to produce a smart, popcorn-friendly thrill ride. Read critic reviews

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Three policemen, each with his own motives and obsessions, tackle the corruption surrounding an unsolved murder at a downtown Los Angeles coffee shop in the early 1950s. Detective Lieutenant Exley (Guy Pearce), the son of a murdered detective, is out to avenge his father's killing. The ex-partner of Officer White (Russell Crowe), implicated in a scandal rooted out by Exley, was one of the victims. Sergeant Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) feeds classified information to a tabloid magnate (Danny DeVito).

Cast & Crew

Kevin Spacey
Jack Vincennes
Russell Crowe
Officer Wendell 'Bud' White
Guy Pearce
Det. Lt. Edmund Jennings Exley
James Cromwell
Capt. Dudley Liam Smith
David Strathairn
Pierce Morehouse Patchett
Kim Basinger
Lynn Bracken
Danny DeVito
Sid Hudgens
Graham Beckel
Sgt. Richard Alex 'Dick' Stensland
Simon Baker
Matt Reynolds
Matt McCoy
Brett Chase
John Mahon
Police Chief
Paul Guilfoyle
Meyer Harris 'Mickey' Cohen
Ron Rifkin
Dist. Atty. Ellis Loew
Paolo Seganti
Johnny Stompanato
Amber Smith
Susan Lefferts
Gwenda Deacon
Mrs. Lefferts
Dan Kolsrud
Executive Producer
David L. Wolper
Executive Producer
Jerry Goldsmith
Original Music
Dante Spinotti
Cinematographer
Peter Honess
Film Editor
Jeannine Oppewall
Production Design
William Arnold
Art Direction
Jay Hart
Set Decoration
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
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